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MODENA, Celina Maria and SCHALL, Virginia Torres. Intergenerational representations of schistosomiasis in endemic area, Jaboticatubas, Minas Gerais. Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz [online]. 2006, vol.101, suppl.1, pp.103-106. ISSN 1678-8060. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0074-02762006000900016.
The analysis of the intergenerational process of disease/health representations constitutes a requisite for the construction of projects and health education interventions. The objective of this work is to describe the meaning attributed to schistosomiasis in the family context. Twenty-one residents of an endemic area were interviewed. The interviews were submitted to content analysis. The results demonstrated different representations of the disease by the children, parents and grandparents. This paper discusses the differences in these representations and its impact in schistosomiasis control programs.
Keywords : schistosomiasis; intergenerational representation; family context.